Women wouldn’t get raped if they possessed a firearm. That’s the viewpoint of Indiana State Representative Jim Lucas, who recently (and deservedly) received an onslaught of backlash on social media after publishing a barrage of missives and images celebrating his pro-gun agenda.

The main reason his sentiment has elicited such a strong reaction from the public is because Lucas is placing the responsibility of rape prevention on the victim instead of the attacker. This is known as victim-blaming.

So what started all this mess, anyway? On June 4, journalist Marisa Kwiatkowski published an article in IndyStar about a rape survivor who’s become an advocate for sexual assault survivors’ rights. This narrative didn’t sit well with Lucas, who impulsively responded to the news by posting an image of a letter he wrote to Kwiatkowski asking that she do a follow-up story about the thousands of women who are learning “how not to be a victim.”

Lucas adds that, instead of playing the victim, women should “empower themselves to mitigate their chances of being violently assaulted.” He completely ignores the fact that some victims who are children, handicapped or elderly cannot legally possess a firearm.

In an attempt to defend his comments, Lucas spoke with the IndyStar, saying, “That’s always been a concern and an issue of mine is women being able to defend themselves.“ He mentions that he’s personally paid out of his pocket for "dozens of women” to take firearms classes.

In response to being asked about “tonic immobility,” a temporary paralysis that can occur during sexual assault which would make it near-impossible to work a gun, Lucas pointed to proper education. “Almost every firearms course teaches you about the proper mindset,” he told IndyStar. “If you acknowledge that there’s this situation where you basically go limp because of terror, go take a ladies-only class.”

Further digging himself into a bottomless hole, Lucas chose to spend the weekend sharing images on his Facebook. One particularly detestable image featured “Fem-i-nism. Woman’s right to carry whatever color or caliber gun she wants to…because a cop won’t fit in your purse” written on a t-shirt. But after wallowing in his secluded pit over the weekend, Lucas decided to apologize, adding that he was “publicly excoriated.“

"I learned how common, everyday words can be so extremely sensitive to survivors of such horrible acts,” he wrote. While this could be considered an affable apology, Lucas had to ruin it by adding that he is “absolutely amazed” at the level of hatred that’s been spewed at him, claiming his words and point of view had been “twisted,” which is hard to believe as this isn’t the first time Lucas has been in hot water regarding his sexist point of view.

Last year, he posted a meme, again on Facebook, asking “Wanna know who loves you more: your wife or your dog? Lock them both in your [car] trunk and see who’s happy to see you when you let them out.”

It isn’t a woman’s duty to rape-proof her own body. Instead, maybe politicians should focus on hiring more interns, whose sole duties will be to edit deranged social media posts.